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A Learjet 36 crashed onto a beach shortly after 1 p.m. during an attempted landing at the Coronado base. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A civilian corporate jet being operated by a military contractor slid off a runway at Naval Air Station North Island Friday, coming to rest on a retaining wall along San Diego Bay.

The multi-engine Learjet 36 crashed onto a thin beach shortly after 1 p.m. during an attempted landing at the Coronado military station, according to base officials and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The two occupants, both pilots, were able to get out of the downed plane on their own. Paramedics took them to a hospital for evaluations, NAS North Island spokesman Kevin Dixon said. Their conditions remained unavailable in the late afternoon.

It was unclear what caused the crash, which took place at the northern end of the runway. OnScene.TV reported that the plane took off from North Island at about 12:20 p.m. during storms related to Hurricane Kay, before returning and going off the runway.

The plane appeared to have sustained minor damage in the accident, Dixon said.

The aircraft is registered to GH Equipment LLC of Wilmington, Del., according to FAA records.

– City News Service



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